The Community Action for Equity and Racial Justice (CAERJ) Committee serves the communities of Delta and Tsawwassen First Nation. CAERJ is the Delta Spoke of Resilience BC’s Anti-Racism Network.
The CAERJ Committee was formerly known as Delta’s Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) Committee. The Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program was established provincially in 2001 and was active until March 2020. OARH supported a coordinated community approach to counter racism and hate activity in British Columbia in 36 member communities throughout the province.
The Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network offers a multi-faceted, province wide approach with greater focus and leadership in identifying and challenging racism.
The program connects communities with information, supports and training they need to respond to, and prevent future incidents of, racism and hate.
This program is the result of a series of community dialogues led by Ravi Kahlon, former parliamentary secretary for sport and multiculturalism, in July and August of 2019. The meetings explored issues and experiences around racism and hate, and asked community leaders for advice about how government can help build a safer, more inclusive province.
Recommendations were made to redesign the existing Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program, to better support communities in their efforts to fight racism and hate. As a result, on November 18, 2019, the Province introduced the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network to deliver coordinated services through a “Hub and Spoke” model.
From Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network website
The Community Action for Equity and Racial Justice Committee is almost entirely volunteer driven. We have representation from across the areas we serve; our committee is comprised of people living on the Tsawwassen Lands, in the settler village of Tsawwassen, Ladner, and North Delta.